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    The O2 Pursuit, a project from an engineering school graduate in Australia, runs off compressed air stored in an on-board tank. Dean Benstead’s project began with a rotary air compression engine, around which he built a dirt bike...The O2 Pursuit gets 62 miles of travel on a full tank, and can hit a top speed of 87 mph.

    Wired
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    Bicyclists will be able to pedal their way onto the new Bay Bridge east span when it opens in just 10 months - but for two years they'll have to stop short of Yerba Buena Island and turn around.

    SF Chronicle
  • By now everyone knows the benefits of using an electronic toll system to speed through the express lanes. But with the dramatic influx of such systems for highways, bridges and tunnels, more and more vacationers are encountering them while traveling. And more and more unexpected bills are coming in when those trips are over.

    USA Today
  • ...As for flight operations, United Airlines – the nation's biggest carrier – has canceled 500 flights between noon Wednesday and noon Thursday as the mid-Atlantic braces for a strong "Nor'easter" winter storm. United's cancellations are mostly in the New York area -- including at its Newark hub -- but the effect will ripple to airports nationwide. Delta, the USA's No. 2 airline, says it has canceled 150 flights today, with spokesman Morgan Durrant adding that the carrier is "monitoring conditions closely" as the storm develops. Delta says most of its cancellations are concentrated in New York -- where it has hubs at both LaGuardia and JFK -- and Philadelphia.

    USA Today
  • ...Raise the gas tax by 15 cents a gallon....Create a national infrastructure bank...Reform the Federal Railroad Administration and enable regional high-speed rail funding...Make “location efficiency” a thing and use it in federal policy... 

    Atlantic Cities
  • The Center for Transportation Excellence is monitoring 19 transportation measures on ballots in 12 states tomorrow. If all measures are approved, more than $100 billion in new local funding would be invested in transportation. In the very first year of implementation, $3.4 billion would be available for vital projects like restoring bus service, expanding rail lines, and accelerating transit projects in communities from Los Angeles to Chapel Hill, NC.

    Center for Transportation Excellence
  • Since 2005, Americans have been driving fewer miles each year. While the shift predated the onset of the Great Recession, the question of whether the decline in driving marked a sea change in the way we get around or simply reflected a drop in economic activity has been a matter of considerable debate.

    DC.Streetsblog.org
  • You know the story: Kids move to where they want to live and then look for a job, not the other way around. They’re drawn to a small number of hip metro areas (D.C., San Francisco, Seattle) and smaller cities (Boulder, Colo.; Missoula, Mont.; Palo Alto, Calif.) around the country and hip employers follow them. The result is an upward cycle of talent and jobs and business growth in the fashionable places, and a downward cycle everywhere else. t’s not unusual to hear people complain about this problem in Middle America, or in second-tier cities without a big university, or in populous but aging suburban locations such as Long Island, N.Y. But it’s not a common thing to hear about in a place like Boston, which has the greatest concentration of universities in the country, lots of cool neighborhoods and a big chunk of the innovation economy.

    Governing
  • On Monday, October 15, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was feeling good. The Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which includes the Daily News, Daily Breeze, Long Beach Press-Telegram, SGV Tribune and Pasadena Star-News, had endorsed Measure J. In front of the hundreds of transit advocates and professionals at Railvolution, a sales tax extension that would largely accelerate transit projects was a popular topic. Villaraigosa smiled as he characterized the opponents of Measure J....One week later, the “familiar chorus” responded with a pair of press conferences slamming Measure J, Villaraigosa and Metro.

    LA.Streetsblog.org
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    One Sunday afternoon in 1969 the filthy, oil-coated Cuyahoga River in Ohio caught fire and quickly became a potent symbol of industrial pollution, helping galvanize public opinion and set the stage for passage of national environmental laws the following decade. The combination of Hurricane Sandy and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's announcement that he was endorsingPresident Obama largely because of Obama's actions on global warming could do the same thing for climate change, say scientists and political observers.

    LA Times